No mistaken identity

On “Greater Boston” this evening, Wendy Murphy said Lucia Whalen did indeed meet Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley outside Henry Louis Gates’ house, but said nothing — certainly nothing about the race of the two men whom she’d reported in her 911 call.

According to Murphy, the full extent of their exchange was Crowley’s asking Whalen to stay put while he checked things out. Essentially, Murphy said, Whalen did not talk to Crowley at all.

Now, recall what Crowley wrote in his arrest report:

Whalen, who was standing on the sidewalk in front of the residence, held a wireless telephone in her hand and told me it was she who called. She went on to tell me that she observed what appeared to be two black males with backpacks on the porch of [redacted] Ware Street.

This may be just a small detail that needs to be cleared up. Or not. We need to hear from Crowley and Whalen herself. What they have to say speaks to the accuracy of Crowley’s report.

67 thoughts on “No mistaken identity

  1. lkcape

    No…Not I.But, you clearly represent the voice of the toilet paper generation.Wrapped really tight, dissolve quite readily, and destined for the sewer.

  2. mike_b1

    It took you three hours to think that up. Brilliant. Still waiting for you to cite the law that was broken.

  3. O'Reilly

    Lucia Whalen Press ConferenceLucia Whalen said she would do it again, make the call to the police to investigate a possible break in, even if it meant being threatened, scorned, ridiculed and accused of being a racist.She also said she never spoke with Officer Crowley at the scene, which conflicts with Officer Crowley's Incident report in which he specifically recounts a conversation with Whalen before he confronts Gates that involves her description of two black men with backpacks. Hopefully, we'll hear from the CPD promptly and get this cleared up.In a recording of the 911 call released Monday by Cambridge officials, Whalen, 40, can be heard telling a dispatcher that she had seen two suitcases on the porch and wasn't sure if it was a break-in."I don't know what's happening. … I don't know if they live there and they just had a hard time with their key, but I did notice they had to use their shoulders to try to barge in," Whalen said[…]Crowley, in his report on the incident, said that Whalen had told him on the sidewalk outside the house that she "observed what appeared to be two black males with backpacks on the porch" of Gates's house.But Whalen said today that she had not spoken to Crowley, other than to indicate that she was the person who had placed the 911 call. link

  4. O'Reilly

    Maybe CPD will not be prompt is addressing the questions. From the NYT, "The police continue to stand by their report."I'm thinking they might want to get out in front of this. The incident report, for your reference.link

  5. lkcape

    Mr. B_1, it's not what law I think is broken, it's what the CPD thought was broken.You truly don't understand how the world works, now, do you?.Sorry that I wasn't so prompt in addressing your concerns….Shame on me!…I'll try to be less disrespectful.

  6. mike_b1

    Apparently the CPD doesn't think anything was broken, since they aren't pressing charges. But you have spent hours agitating about the issue, only to be proved wrong and impotent at every turn.How Cheney-like.

  7. lkcape

    Poor Mikey… reverting insults.Staggering towards irrelevance, eh?I fear you are trying to "dis" me.How churlish of you.

  8. mike_b1

    There you go again, trying to change the subject.The GOP is dead. Perhaps someday you'll get the memo.

  9. lkcape

    We'll remind you of that after the gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia.The Democrats were dead in 2000 and 2004. The Republicans were dead in 1992 and 1996. And then there was the Democratic Party of Dukakis and McGovern.Parties wax and wain…as they have throughout our history.

  10. lkcape

    You tell us!You're the one that threw it out.We may have to start viewing you as our pet bigot.:D

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